**The PURE DRIVE 2012 Forum (club)**

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by BC1, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. GarryClarke

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    no i didnt but that was at the very early stages of me owning a stringing machine so i just moved onto the next string i wanted to try.

    ive now settled on the awsome yonex poly tour pro 125 @ 52/50,not every ones cup of tea but i like how it plays (looks awsome in the pd) for me and thats what counts,im also trying pro supex big ace 1.25 (white) @ 44/42 jn my other pd but only managed 30 minutes so far so i cannot comment on playabilty but 1st signs are very very good.

    cheers garry
     
  2. tennisnut09

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    Still have 2 PDRs and still try out strings and string options for it. In my experience, this PDR is very picky on strings and tension. One of the best string that I have played so far is the B5E/Thunder Blast hybrid at 54/58.
     
  3. LanEvo

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    I am trying out a 17g Kevlar/18g Heptonic @ 50/52 on it right now, just strung it up last night, taking it out tomorrow.
     
  4. GarryClarke

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    thanks guys for your updates:)

    has anyone else been playing around with other rackets but like me i just cant leave the pd alone!!!!
    im playing around with a yonex ezone 100 but so far no good,after a terrible time with it on sunday i have come to the conclusion stick with what you no and when i picked the PD up for the last 30 mins of a doubles game it just played so so well and brought a smile back to my face.


    cheers garry
     
  5. levy1

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    I just finished testing full gut at 61, 59, 50, 45. The gut will drop several pounds after playing. Could not keep control at 45 and 50. Going to try one at 55 but I have all I can use at 59 as far as controllable power and control.
     
  6. LanEvo

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    I just bought a PS 85, but I am deciding if I am going to keep it on a wall, or actually play with it.
     
  7. GarryClarke

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    play with it atleast once and its not going to hurt is it???

    i played again with the yonex ezone 100,it was only a 2 hr hitting session with a friend and as far as i was concerned it was the last time i would hit with it and go back to my pd,s.
    oh how wrong i was as i just played so well with it so its now thrown a serious curve ball in to my park so to speak!!!
    i couldnt put the thing down and dont ask me why it played so well as i will be here all night explaining all the minor details compared to the pd,
    i think the main reason i got on so well was getting used to the weird head shape that the yonex has as before i was shanking so many shots it was horrendous.
    the jury is still out as it could have been just a fluke so im going to give the yonex another couple of weeks then i will make my decision on what will be in my racket bag and what will be sold on!!!

    watch this space

    cheers garry
     
  8. LanEvo

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    That's why I am deciding if I wanna get another or now, the one I plan on keeping on my wall will stay unstrung and all original.
     
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  9. GarryClarke

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    i have to laugh at this tennis lark as you think youve found the ultimate racket that suits you and your style but you just cant help yourself from trying other rackets lol.
    im more than happy with my PD,s and didnt think i would find anything that would compare to them but oh how wrong can someone be!!!

    now i want to demo all the yonex range vcore 98d-vcore 100s-ezone xi 98-ezone xi 100.....but as anyone in the UK know,s the demo system here it crap and if you can get a demo you have to wait weeks/months for it or you have to stump up the full amount then play it and then send it back at your expense,you yanks dont no how luck you are lol

    cheers garry
     
  10. LanEvo

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    If you look at the PS 85, it is not one of those "try" it racquets if you wanna say. I mainly want a couple for the collection. The PDRs are my sticks, I have not found anything that can beat them. I still own a Yonex RDX 500 mid, RDiS mid, K90, and an Aerostorm. And a handful of others. They are just sitting in my bag, honest to all, I have not tried any other frames out there since switching, although the new APDs which are coming out interests me, I am still sticking with the 2012 PDRs, they are hands down the best imo. I still have an original PDR Cortex, forgot to mention that, had a pair sold at one time, and I skipped the GT series, did not like them too much.

    I highly recommend the Kevlar/Poly setup I posted if you ever get a chance to try. I really enjoy it.
     
  11. tennisnut09

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    In my opinion, the 2012 PDRs play great with soft high control and low power poly. I've tried BHBR 17 (too much power), BHB7 17 (ok at 56lbs), WC scorpion 1.22 (Good feel at 56lbs). BHB7 17 main and WC scorpion 1.22 (too much power at 54/52). I am going to try gut main and poly cross this week. I have a feeling that if I can find the correct set up, this PDR will shine. It is frustrating and challenging but fun too.
     
  12. tennisnut09

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    I still have MSV focus hex 1.18, TB 1.20, 1/2 set kevlar 16L, 1/2 set WC scorpion 1.22, 1 and 1/2 set BHBR 17, 2 sets MSV cofocus 1.23, and a set of Pacific classic gut 16L. Any suggestion guys???

    Thanks!
     
  13. ChicagoJack

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    Wowzers. Put Kevlar in Pure Drive? That's just crazy talk. Playing with Kevlar is like smoking. It might not get ya the day after, or in a week, or month... But it WILL get you. Like many others who called this thread home, my 3 month stint with the PD ended with a bad case of TE, (my first case, and I've been playing since age 8 ) and I moved on. It seems the few holdouts still remaining here are determined to join the post PD walking wounded club.

    Sorry for the drama, but it really puts a burr in my saddle when I see folks recommending putting a string that has been scientifically observed to be 2.5 - 3 times stiffer than the stiffest poly, into one of the stiffest frames on the market. That is akin to getting down on your hands and knees, and begging the tennis Gods for injury.

    If you need Kevlar to keep the ball in the court, perhaps you have got the wrong racquet, lack the technique for producing topspin, or both.

    -Jack
     
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  14. LanEvo

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    I like it be of the feelings you get with ball pocketing, I have used it in the past, no problems... I have poly in the plus version right now, it's good. I am specific on ploys though, some are too soft and slippery ie Black Code, while some play nicer like Heptonic.
     
  15. Nostradamus

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    Anybody have their shoulder or Arm fall off yet with this new 2012 model ? and any updated from babolat on the fix for the defect of racket losing control after 3 month of play ?
     
  16. LanEvo

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    What? On my Plus version it's been about 4 months and just fine, my Std. version is less than a month old, so ill keep u updated.
     
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    good to hear. my 1st frame was out of control after 3 month. maybe it was just one time deal. but what about your shoulder and arm, mine started to hurt me so bad after 4 weeks, i couldn't even open the door.

    but instead of dumping the racket, i switched to thick cushion grip, Gamma Pro RX and it seem to be helping and my arm doesn't hurt as much. As in Stock form, i just don't think this racket is all that good a Vibration dampening. LOL
     
  18. LanEvo

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    Mine is just fine, although I am getting a little elbow pain when I serve, but that just may be form, bc I only get the pain when I hit topspin serves, all my other serves are just fine, pain free.
     
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  19. Roforot

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    Going to demo a pure drive roddick 2012. Is a week long enough to make sure my joints can handle this?
     
  20. GarryClarke

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    yes i had hand/TE/shoulder problem but that was purely down to bad strings and not really knowing what strings felt like that had gone!!!!and that made the decision easier for me to buy my own stringing machine and i havent looked back:)

    i gave the pd another chance after i got over my little setbacks and i havent regretted that either,well until ive started to mess about with the yonex ezone 100.

    ive had no control problems from either of my pd,s and they both get played regular and i have different tensions for each one as i like to play with 52/50 and 44/42,both tensions play well so if your playing a more powerful poly i go to the higher tension and a low powered poly i go to the lower tension and these setups suit my game very very well


    cheers garry
     
  21. ChicagoJack

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    Nostradamus - Funny you should ask. I find your casual mockery of my cautionary post ironic, because you were just over in the Donnay Pro One 97 thread complaining about the PD "killing your shoulder". I've thrown in a few more personal testimonies in response to your inquiry for good measure, there's no shortage of them here.

    There is, (and this is without debate) a well known correlation in the sports medicine community between stiff frames, stiff strings, and arm issues. Particular love for a particular frame does not diminish this observable correlation. Really not intending to get into a wacky match on this, but arm safety is an issue that is not to be taken lightly, least not made fun of.

    I know it's bad form for a former club member to dive into a love thread with a bunch of negative commentary, but when I hear folks recommending Kevlar in a stiff frame like this, I think it's time to speak up.

    March 3, 2012:

    October 3, 2012, 9 Months Later:

    October 6, 2012

    September 22, 2012
    -Jack
     
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  22. LanEvo

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    I hope you are not talking about me... I have had a PDR for over 3yrs. now with various string setups, including kevlar and I am just fine.
     
  23. ChicagoJack

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    Hi Lan -

    Yeah, and like most players, you assume that if there is no pain, there is no damage. If you like, I can supply you with links and medical research documents that can explain why this assumption is incorrect. By the time you feel pain, the damage to the tissue has been done. Once you have tendon damage it leaves you vulnerable to chronic conditions, and recovery to 100% is not always possible.

    Do you deny that there is an observable link between stiff strings, stiff racquets and arm issues in the tennis population at large? Are you suggesting that your particular experience puts the slightest of dents in that observable fact somehow?

    Jack
     
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  24. LanEvo

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    I don't deny anything, but since I have not experienced any of these things, I figure I should be fine?
     
  25. ChicagoJack

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    I'm getting onto the metra train to Jackville, but will provide you with a detailed explanation of the sequence of events leading up to tissue damage, and the mentioned medical research links to support what I'm saying when I get a chance.

    Jack
     
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    Hi LanEvo - Lengthy reply, (apologies) but really only three main points. I've listed and bolded the main issues for a hopefully easy read or skim. Honestly, not trying to score any victory points here. As a former 2012 PD+ user, and former Kevlar user (in a flexible Volkl mid 1990's) I just feel the need to speak up about putting Kevlar in a PD. IMHO that's just crazy talk, akin to getting down on your hands and knees and begging the tennis Gods for injury.

    Point 1. Putting poly, and especially a Kevlar string into a very stiff frame like the PD is risky business for sure, by any measure of arm safety. I think most people, yourself included, already know this. Of course technique is a huge factor. But you'd have to be living under a rock to not see the overwhelming correlation btwn stiff frames, stiff strings and arm issues. When a player falls in love with a particular stiff frame or string, they might engage in something like wishful thinking, or willful negligence. Alternately a player might look the obvious health risk square in the face, acknowledge it, and decide that they will go ahead and try this stiff string+ stiff racquet combo, and will see if it works for them, see first hand if it causes injury or pain. The player might be thinking if it does cause pain, then they will deal with that in one way or another: IE lower tension, change strings, change frame, use ice and advil, stop playing for a while, do physical therapy, lay off tennis for a while etc.

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    Point 2. What most players don't consider, is three things:

    2A - Just how difficult it can be to recover from elbow, wrist or shoulder problems once they occur. You might be in for a battle, the length of which you didn't sign up for. Often these issues take months or years to resolve.

    2B - That 100% recovery from injury is never guaranteed. One might be thinking, "If this string or racquet causes me pain, I will just stop using it". That's a good place to start, but understand that previous injuries leave you vulnerable to future injuries, and you might not ever get back to pre-injury health.

    2C - That pain is a often lagging indicator that there is physical injury. I know this sounds counter-intuitive, let me expand on that. There's two classifications of sports injuries, chronic and acute. Often, the athlete has no idea which is occurring, just knows that something hurts. With acute injuries such as, you miss the nail altogether, and hit your thumb with the hammer, it's easy to see a connection, to connect the dots.

    2C - With overuse injuries, chronic conditions that last, and evolve over the course of weeks or months, the pain is not immediate. Often the pain is a lagging indicator of tissue damage. Tissue is being stressed into building itself back back, is being stressed into repair mode, but is somehow failing at the task. by the time you feel pain, often the underlying damage has been done. There is now real tissue damage to the arm, elbow or shoulder in the same way that there is real damage in the thumb hit by the hammer, it's just that the cause isn't as clear, and the pain might show up long after the damage has occured.

    Quote: " In most cases, it is easy to classify an injury as acute or overuse, but in some cases it may be less obvious. This is particularly true when the symptoms have a sudden onset, although the injury may actually be the result of a long-term process. For example, an athlete with a stress fracture in the foot will often report that the symptoms originated during a specific run, perhaps even from a specific step. This means that the injury could be classified as an acute injury. Nevertheless, the actual cause of the stress fracture is overuse over time. These types of injuries should be classified as overuse injuries. As illustrated in fig 2, the pathological process is often under way for a period of time before the athlete notices the symptoms. It is believed that repetitive low-grade forces exceeding the tolerance of the tissues cause overuse injuries. In most cases, the tissue will repair without demonstrable clinical symptoms. However, if this process continues, the ability of the tissue to repair and adapt can be exceeded, resulting in a clinical overuse injury with symptoms."

    - Professor R Bahr, Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center
    Published in the British Journal Of Sports Medicine, October 2009
    http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/43/13/966.full

    2C - Also Illustrates the same point, additional source:
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    Point 3. Kevlar (even as a hybrid) is off the charts stiff. Gut is the softest, and most arm safe. Then there is nylon, which is the major material for the construction method we casually call "multi". Then there is Poly. Then there is a long walk to the outfield, over the fence, out of the stadium, and down the street. That's where you will find where Kevlar lives in the measure of arm safety. It is 2-3 times stiffer than the stiffest poly. See below. The full table is found at the USRSA, and in the freely available non-member section.
    http://www.racquetsportsindustry.com/articles/2012/01/string_selector_2012.html

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    3A - Kevlar And Ball "Pocketing". I'll never argue against what somebody says they feel on the court, but as a former user of Kevlar myself, and observer of all things geeky, the idea that Kevlar offers "ball pocketing" is a puzzler to me. Just consider how dynamic stiffness is measured. The string is impacted in a way designed to simulate the impact of a 120 per hour serve. The sideways and lengthwise distance of string movement is measured, as well as the tension changes before, during and after impact. Stiffer strings deflect less, softer strings deform more.

    -Jack
     
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  27. McEnborg

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    I've used a set up of VS Gut with 17 RPM blast and have amazing results. This Pure Drive is the best overall racket I've ever played with.
     
  28. tennisnut09

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    Totally agreed!
    I am playing with pacific classic gut and co focus. It is amazing.
     
  29. LanEvo

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    Thanks for the info. It definitely opened my eyes. I am going to string up one of my racquets with a softer string now. The kevlar one I will keep for a while longer to see how it goes for another day or two, if I develop anything I will restring immediately, but I hybridized it with a soft poly. I am going to try Hollow Core on it now.
     
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    I have 3 Pure Drive Standards with Babolat leather grips on them. They are now very whippy, how much lead should I add to 3 & 9 to counter balance?

    Also have any TTer's had better luck with the tourna 1/4" lead or the Gamma 1/4" lead?

    thanks in advance.
     
  32. babolat king

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    Or the old school Tourn Pete Sampras "H" lead?
     
  33. lynnbart

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    Last night we added 6 grams to a Pure Drive using the Gamma 1/4" tape.

    Easy to cut and apply, just haven't played long enough to see how it holds.
     
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    After playing 3 matches (7 sets total) I rechecked my tension with RacketTune (iPod ap that works great!) and found that my tension had dropped 5 lbs. Funny thing is that the tension also dropped 5 lbs on my backup PD too that I haven't played with! That's a lot of tension drop and quite noticeable during play. I liked 60 much better than 55. Should I re-string at 62-65 next time??? What if I switch from VS Gut 16 to 17???
     
  35. Ross K

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    Okay, (slightly against my better judgement) I finally caved in and bought a PD standard.

    Now I've read about half of this thread with a keen eye on strings set ups, but life is short :), and I'm simply wondering what string set ups ppl eventually settled on. What did the likes of drewrafter ultimately settle on? What are ppls 'money' set ups and why - what has this provided performance-wise?

    TIA
     
  36. GarryClarke

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    hi ross k and welcome to the PD club:)

    ive tried a few string types but what are you looking for?????
    the setup im now using and think suits the PD to a tee and makes it a lot more arm friendly is natgut/sppp poly @56/52 and it plays very well in all aspects of the court.

    and from my trials with poly i would say if its a non power poly string it low 44/42 and if its a powerful poly like Yonex Poly Tour Pro ive strung at 52/50 but i will go higher next time maybe 56/54!!! and its a really good string with a softish feel for a poly with bags of power.


    cheers garry
     
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  37. DrewRafter8

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    Ross,

    I never really found a string setup that I was absolutely in love with. Full beds of 4G and Tourna BHB7 were probably the best string jobs that I had in the Pure Drive. I played with Gut mains and Poly crosses for a while, but that didn't work for me. If I still played with it, I would definitely do something soft. The problem is that if you use a softer string and still have really high racquet head speed, I tended to have issues keeping the ball in. Good luck!
     
  38. Ross K

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    Thanks Garry and Drew > BTW which frame do play now then?
     
  39. DrewRafter8

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    Whatever I happen to pick up. I've got some Donnay's to demo. I really like the Gold99 and the Pro 1 16x19 right now. I'm waiting to try the Wilson 99S and 16x19 Blade before I make a decision to switch to something. The IG Radical Pro is in consideration.
     
  40. smirker

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    Ross, either full BHBR or gut/poly as Gary suggested work well in the PD imo. I don't intend to waver too much from these in the Ki5 either as they are pretty similar spec wise. Take care of my baby!
     
  41. levy1

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    I like full gut at 59 and 61. Tried every setup possible for me, went down to 45 on some of them.
     
  42. LanEvo

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    I don't like BHBR on my PDRs personally, I couldn't hit as flat as I wanted. And it just felt as bit too much power for me, I had it at around 50/52.
     
  43. gameboy

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    I just started playing PD2012 with a full bed of natural gut and... OMG... I am never playing another combo ever again!!!

    When I got the racquet, I had it strung with a full bed of Hurrican Feel at 52lbs and I thought that was pretty comfortable (especially for a poly), but my goodness, this racquet feels sweet with a full bed of gut. The feel with this racquet is just unbelievable. I feel like I can't miss with this set up. I can just blast away and the balls are going where I want them to go. I don't see much, if any, difference in spin production.

    I have played with full gut on other frames before, but this racquet just rocks with it. I don't know why anyone bothers with anything else. I was going to go hybrid next, but I won't be experimenting anymore with this racquet.

    Man, I LOVE this thing.
     
  44. Ross K

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    Thanks gents for your string set ups feedback.

    I'd normally go in at low 50s with either a full poly or a poly hybrid.

    The only concern for me is this very high RA, and as an example I played a similar 70+ RA frame the TF SF 315 strung around 50 lbs, and found it like a rocket launcher. I also have the same considerations re the Juice 100 which I'm also (finally) about to be investigating.

    RE the PD though, the other thing is I definitely want to soften up the feel some, so, yes... decisions.
     
  45. GarryClarke

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    Ross dont be scared to go low with poly as it plays very very well
    as ive said if its a very low powered poly try out 44/42 and i like how it plays but wouldnt go any higher than 52/50 if you want you arm to stay intact lol.

    cheers garry
     
  46. Ross K

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    You know what, Garry? I actually have a set of Poly Pro Tour (yellow, non-spin version). A new string for me. Hmmm...

    I've never actually played full poly at different tensions. Remind me: what exactly does this provide? Is it really necessary?
     
  47. GarryClarke

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    hi Ross

    im not that well into all the sayings but i have just taken other peoples advice and gone with it!!!
    the yellow yonex plays very very well @ 52/50 and i did a hybrid with syngut in the crosses,it did play well but not as good as in a full bed but the syngut crosses moved all over the place which really annoyed me so i cut it out.

    you dont have to go with just a poly as there are plenty of strings to choose from but i liked poly in the PD and have stuck with that in 1 of my rackets.
    ive just strung natgut/sppp poly @ 56/52 and god it plays so well,better than poly will ever play but as many say you cant beat natgut which is very true,the only downside of that is the price and our British weather lol.

    strings of any sort is a mine field but be careful not to string to high in the PD as your on course for elbow/shoulder problems as i found out.
    ive found what works for me but it might not work for you but the only way you will find out is to string and play.

    hope this helps

    cheers garry
     
  48. smirker

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    I thought it worked well in a stiff frame like the PD but it did have plenty of power as you suggest.
     
  49. NE1for10is?

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    Natural gut (without BT-7) and Tourna Co-Focus at 57/52 lbs. Plenty of power, gobs of spin and great control. Doesn't get any better and believe me I've tried everything with this racquet. The other best option is a full bed of non-BT-7 gut at 57 to 60 lbs.
     
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    I have been playing with this PDR for more than 6 months and still can't control the power sometime. It doesn't give the feedback/doesn't have the right feel when the ball contact the string bed. Have anyone experienced the same thing?
     

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